Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Weird Wednesday Writing Prompts: Real Life Stranger than Fiction?

Here are some strange things that may get your brain thinking outside of the box...

1.) Ever thought that being incarcerated was a better deal than living life as a free citizen? (My father used to tell us tales of local homeless men who--when Dad was a kid--would commit minor crimes so they'd be thrown in jail on the coldest nights of the year, so not such a surprise to me, I guess.) Read the first story at News of the Weird. My mind immediately goes to what other reasons might you want to be kept in a prison--what things on the outside might make prison the safer option?

2.) And check out the lead story on my birthday about how love can mess you up. ;-) Consider in your own writing: What ways might a character change their belief system and behavior when faced with falling in love for someone who seems to be their opposite?

Hmm. Hope those get you thinking...


Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Hm, didn't really think about that. I suppose jails can provide you protection if you're on the run from some crazy intense mom? :D
Lol, nice; the Illuminati. I guess everything can be changed depending on what the other person wants or thinks. I can't really pinpoint it, because I feel that different people, and therefore different couples, value different things.
Interesting questions!

Shannon Delany said...

Hi Jenn!

I think as a writer I have to keep asking what if (and, ironically, in my NaNo project I actually used the jail concept in an odd sort of way). And yeah, getting away from a difficult or dangerous family member might make jail look appealing if you can't see any other options.

I agree with you about different people valuing different things--that's what helps build chemistry and conflict both in real life and in fiction. :-) Seeing people reach compromise or understanding? That's the HEA, I think.

Thanks so much for stopping in!